Travel experiences

Posts about my travel experiences, the good, the bad and the funny ones. Plus all posts about activities I love to do on my trips!

 

Believe me when I say I was a little scared about buying a car for our Canada and U.S.A. road trip. We had never owned a car before, not even back home in the Netherlands. After all, why waste money on a car in a tiny country where you can reach everything by public transport. That meant however, we had…

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Just like diving the Great Barrier Reef, sailing the Whitsundays had been a bucket list item for years. So when we finally made it to Australia, there was no question about it, we would explore the fabled Whitsunday Islands… About the Whitsunday Islands The Whitsundays are a cluster of no less than 74 islands, most of them are uninhabited. These…

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I remember when I was a little girl, a little girl very fond of climbing trees. There was a big tree in my parents back yard and my father had made a rope in the tree so we could climb it. One day I was up high in the tree, gazing over the rooftops and noticed a man walking to…

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Since getting our PADI in 2015 Frank and I have been diving whenever we get the chance. The underwater world is incredible and I love floating through the water without any distractions or sounds. One of the dive spots that’s been on our bucket list forever was the Great Barrier Reef. Which should come as no surprise, this is the…

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An Indonesian man with a wide smile walks toward us and asks: “Are you Lotte?”. “Yes I am”, I say: “And this is my husband Frank”. “My name is Wayan”, he replies: “I will be your host for the next 3 days”. Wayan walks us to his car and we set off to his village Sebatu, about 40 kilometers from…

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I will be honest: hiking from Jiri to the Everest Base Camp is the most challenging thing I have ever done. The 6-day journey from Jiri to Cheplung is particularly strenuous and some days were downright brutal: climbing 1200 meters and descending 1000… Hiking for 7,5 hours with a 10kg backpack, hoping that your destination of the day is behind the next…

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Hiking from Jiri to Everest Base Camp has been the greatest physical challenge I have ever done in my life. Walking for 8 hours a day and ascending over 1300 meters while carrying a 10kg backpack certainly wasn’t easy. But… walking this trail has also been one of the most amazing things I have ever done! Trekking through the beautiful…

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Perhaps it’s not surprising we ended up on a tropical island after 3 weeks of hiking in Nepal. After all, what better way to relax and ‘recover’ from the cold Himalayas than on a tropical beach… But the most important reason for us to book a ticket from Kathmandu to Malaysia was to go diving! Diving is addictive and since…

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Since publishing my Oman itinerary and Oman accommodation guide, several people have asked me about the necessary daily travel budget for Oman. And since I always obsessively keep check of every euro, dollar, dong, rupee or in this case Omani Rial we spend I am happy to share our Oman expenses. Oman: daily travel budget for a 2-week road trip Check…

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I wrote this post while sitting at Muscat airport. I was feeling a little sad because I had such a great time in Oman and found it difficult to say goodbye… Apart from a small hiccup at the Hatta border, I felt nothing but welcome in this amazing country. The people are very nice and the country feels safe and relaxed. And…

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